New here, been reading the blog for several months now and I am really getting some good things out of it.
A couple of my favorite entries here are:http://www.getrichslowly.org/blog/2007/ ... l-not-use/http://www.getrichslowly.org/blog/2008/ ... -of-stuff/
I am posting because I have simply too much stuff and I need some advice. I have been trying to rid my life of clutter and junk for many years and I am running into some road blocks.
I used to be a rather serious die-cast car collector. Hot Wheels, Matchbox, you name it. I am young at heart so it was fun. I spent a lot of money on them over the years and then one day, I simply realized how crazy it was to spend not only my money but my time on them. It was enjoyable but when it became a near obsession, it became no fun. It was time to lighten my life! I started selling them on eBay and started making some of my money back. I was doing pretty good at first and it was great when the big ticket, high value items sold but now I am down to the ones that are worth a buck or two at best. I cannot seem to find the time to list them.
I also had some other items that were easily identifiable as clutter but had a decent value to them, so on ebay they want. It was going well until the items of decent were gone and just like the die-cast cars, I have a lot of stuff that are worth something, but not much.
This also presented another problem...
Since I also discovered that eBay was a good place to make money on stuff I didn't want or need, I also found myself having a hard time throwing anything away that I know will fetch a few bucks. Miscellaneous items, small collectibles, odds and ends. Not things that are junk yet nothing that is tremendously valuable, but things that I wouldn't feel right about throwing away. I'd also pick up stuff thinking that I could sell it for a few extra dollars. Freebie promo items, things that someone was tossing that was still worth something, etc.
But again, I don't have the time to list them on eBay and go through the procedure. So it keeps accumulating. Not at a rapid pace, but in my quest to lighten my life, I have discovered that I am taking in more things, chasing that resale dollar.
I am stuck! I cannot throw things away because there is a potential dollar value attached to it. But, I cannot sell them because the important things in life (job, family) is getting in the way.
Some things have value...and some don't. Here's some things that I look at and say "Why can't I throw this away?"
Magazines...lots of them. Popular Mechanics, Maxim, Wired, and lots of car magazines. Any reason I should keep them?
Old computer software
Outdated books like Consumer Reports Buying Guides
Lots of automobile memorabilia (brochures, posters, flyers, promo items)
Newspapers from important sporting events
Does anyone have thoughts or advice?